Luanshya central Member of Parliament Stephen Chungu has been suspended as Luanshya District Patriotic Front Chairperson , with immediate effect.
Equally suspended is his Deputy Patrick Maipambe . The duo have been given a seven days ultimatum exculpate themselves for alleged mis-conduct.
They have been accused of stopping party members in the district from joining in the recent provincial match past in consolidation of President Michael Sata’s recent stripping off of former PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba of his party and ministerial portfolios.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Chungu who confirmed the suspension in an interview in Luanshya today said he did not understand the reasons forwarded for his suspension because at the time the said activities were taking place he was out of Luanshya.
“I am not affected at all by the suspension, the reasons forwarded to me are that I stopped party members in the district from joining their colleagues in Kitwe in celebrating the removal of Wynter Kabimba from his party and ministerial positions, even when I made no such directives, truly speaking the celebrations were inhuman but the truth would prevail, ” he said.
The embattled District PF chairperson said he would continue to serve the people of Luanshya as always adding that there was a lot of MPs who were not holding party positions and were serving the people.
On his part , District PF vice chairperson Maipamba who received his suspension letter last evening said the action comes as a shock adding that the allegations leveled against him were un true.
Mr. Maipamba however said he would not challenge the party but would wait for further communication from the provincial party leadership.
“I wish to inform you that I have also received a letter of suspension from the provincial party chairperson Stardy Mwale, copied to Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili, starting my suspension and asking me to exculpate myself within seven days” Maipambe said.
He further hoped that the suspensions were not targeted to the whole district.